December 9, 2021


Florida's Best Places to Dine
Trends amid the pandemic...


For decades the number 86 on blackboards in restaurant kitchens has meant “we’re out of the special/grouper/scallops/pork chops/whatever for tonight.” The number would be erased the next day when fresh supplies were delivered.

Sadly, the pandemic, government shutdowns and public fears have scrawled a big 86 over whole restaurants this year, and no one knows when or if it can be erased. » Read More

Atlantic Beach
Azurea - Seafood 

Belleair Bluffs
Seaweed Grill - Seafood 

Boca Raton
La Nouvelle Maison - French 
TwentyTwenty Grille - Contemporary 

Boca Raton | North Palm Beach
Farmer's Table - New American 

Bonita Springs
Angelina's Ristorante - Italian 

Clearwater
Rusty's Bistro - Contemporary 

Clearwater Beach
Caretta on the Gulf - Modern American 

Cocoa Beach
The Fat Snook - Seafood 

Coconut Grove
Ariete - Progressive American 

Coral Gables
Eating House - American 

Daytona Beach
The Cellar - Italian 

Delray Beach
Salt7 - Steakhouse 
The Grove - Contemporary 

Dunedin
Black Pearl - French/New American 

Fernandina Beach
29 South - Contemporary Continental 
Burlingame - New American 

Fort Lauderdale
Burlock Coast - Seafood 
El Vez - Mexican 
Even Keel Fish & Oyster - Seafood 
S3 Restaurant - Contemporary 
Steak 954 - Steakhouse 

Fort Lauderdale | Boca Raton
Louie Bossi's Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria - Italian 

Fort Myers
Azure - French 
Blanc - Contemporary 
Ember Korean Steakhouse - Korean 
Harold's - Continental 

Gainesville
Paramount Grill - New American 

Indian Harbour Beach
Trend Kitchen - French/New American 

Indian Shores
Salt Rock Grill - Steakhouse/Seafood 

Jackson
Cowford Chophouse - Modern Steakhouse 

Jacksonville
bb's restaurant & bar - Modern American 
Bellwether - New American 
Black Sheep - Modern Southern 
Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails - Modern Southern 
Taverna - Italian 

Jacksonville Beach
Eleven South - Contemporary 

Key West
Café Marquesa - Seafood 
Louie's Backyard - Modern American 

Lake Buena Vista
Wine Bar George - New American 

Lakeland
Nineteen61 - Nuevo Latino 

Longwood
Enzo's on the Lake - Italian 

Miami
Alter Miami - New American 
Area 31 - Seafood 
CVI.CHE 105 - Peruvian 
Edge, Steak & Bar - Steakhouse 
Finka Table & Tap - Korean/Latin 
Il Gabbiano - Italian 
Komodo - Contemporary Asian 
Kyu - Asian 
La Mar by Gaston Acurio - Peruvian 
Mandolin Aegean Bistro - Greek-Turkish 
Matador Room - Latin 
MC Kitchen - Modern Italian 
Mignonette - Seafood 
Niu Kitchen - Spanish 
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill - Caribbean/Asian 
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar - Latin Contemporary 
Zak the Baker - Deli/Bakery 
Zuma - Japanese 

Miami Beach
Barton G. The Restaurant - Contemporary 
Byblos - Middle Eastern 
Hakkasan - Chinese 
Macchialina - Modern Italian 
PLANTA - Vegetarian 
Stubborn Seed - Contemporary 

Miramar Beach
Bijoux - Seafood 

Naples
21 Spices by Chef Asif - Indian 
Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro - Bistro 
Campiello - Italian 
M Waterfront Grille - Contemporary 
Molto Trattoria - Italian 

Naples, St. Petersburg
Sea Salt - Contemporary 

Ocala
Craft Cuisine - Contemporary 
Katya Vineyards Tasting Room - Gourmet 
Sky Fine Dining - Asian Fusion 

Orlando
Bull & Bear - Steakhouse 
Chroma Modern Bar & Kitchen - Contemporary 
Domu - Japanese 
Dovecote - French 
Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi - Japanese 
Ravello and Capa - Italian/Spanish 
Soco - Southern Contemporary 
The Osprey Tavern - Seafood 
The Venetian Chop House - Contemporary 

Palm Beach
HMF - Contemporary 
PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar - Seafood 

Panama City Beach
Firefly - Sushi/French/Floridian 

Panama City Beach | Pensacola Beach
Grand Marlin - Seafood 

Pensacola
George Bistro and Bar - French/Southern 
Global Grill - International 
Pot Roast & Pinot - Modern Comfort 
Skopelos at New World - Mediterranean 
Union Public House - Gastropub 

Plantation
Marumi Sushi - Japanese 

Ponte Vedra Beach
Nineteen TPC - American 

Safety Harbor
Parts of Paris - French 

Sandestin
Vin'tij - Contemporary 

Sanibel
Sweet Melissa's Café - New American/Seafood 

Sarasota
Indigenous - Farm to Table 
Napulé - Italian 
Shore Diner - Contemporary 

St. Augustine
Ice Plant Bar & St. Augustine Distillery - Modern American 
Preserved - Southern 

St. Petersburg
Annata - Wine Bar 
Brick & Mortar - New American 
Il Ritorno - Contemporary Italian 
Parkshore Grill - American 

Sunny Isles Beach
Timo - Mediterranean 

Tallahassee
Lucilla - Contemporary Southern 
Masa - Asian 
Sage - New American 
Table 23 - Southern 

Tampa
Cena - Contemporary Italian 
Edison Food + Drink Lab - Contemporary 
Ichicoro - Japanese 
On Swann - New American 
Pane Rustica Bakery & Café - Contemporary 

West Palm Beach
Kitchen - Contemporary 
Okeechobee Steakhouse - Steaks 
Pistache - French 

Winter Haven
Nutwood - New American 

Winter Park
Bosphorous - Turkish/Mediterranean 
Luma on Park - New American 
Prato - Modern Italian 

 

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